Recruiting News and Notes: Marshall Visits Arkansas

What's the latest on Oklahoma State recruiting on the final weekend before National Signing Day? Jonathan Marshall, who flipped to OSU from TCU, decided to make an official visit to Arkansas.

There's really not much to report as Oklahoma State prepares for National Signing Day on Wednesdya. There is one exception as there were rumors late in the week that Shepherd, Texas standout defensive end Jonathan Marshall, who switched in August from a TCU commitment to a pledge to Oklahoma State and was part of the Cowboys monster weekend of visitors on Jan. 15, was going to visit Arkansas this weekend for an official.

After taking nearly two days to try and confirm or deny, we've found out that the ultra quiet Marshall did visit Arkansas and Fayetteville this weekend. That constitutes the biggest threat to any Oklahoma State pledge that we know of this weekend. 

Marshall was visited last week by head coach Mike Gundy. The word from Marshall, himself, was that his visit was good and he was locked in on his commitment to Oklahoma State. At 6-3 and now close to 275 pounds, Marshall is the premier player on the defensive line in this class along with standout Blinn J.C. lineman Tralund Webber. We will check this afternoon, but this is a high watch situation. 

The recruits in doubt: Bossier City (Parkway), La., quarterback Keondre Wudtee, Edmond (Santa Fe), Okla., safety/linebacker hybrid Calvin Bundage, and Oklahoma City (John Marshall), lineman Tramonda Moore. All were at home or close to it this weekend and not on any recruiting visits.

Bundage  exhausted all five of his allotted visit opportunities. Wudtee only visited Oklahoma State and TCU. Moore only visited UCLA, OU, and OSU. All three prospects are scheduled to make their school announcements on Wednesday's signing day at their high school.   

Oklahoma State did have several players in this weekend for unofficial visits and they were candidates to be preferred walk-ons. That program is going bonkers with assistant coordinator of recruiting Mike Groce.

On Wednesday, we will try to list with our profiles as many of the preferred walk-ons that we can learn of. There are a bunch.

We were also asked just exactly in the "todays" language of recruiting what does a preferred walk-on mean? It really means this, you are invited to walk on to the football program without having to go through any tryouts or physical/skills competition. It doesn't mean you get anything above and beyond what a normal walk-on receives, which now, of course, includes meals.

It also doesn't guarantee a walk-on a ticket to the start of fall camp when you have the initial 105 players practicing until school starts. Obviously, with 85 scholarship players that leaves room for only 20 walk-ons, so there is no guarantee there. It's just a term of endearment as much as anything.  

Finally, some real fun this afternoon as you can tune in on ESPN3 on your computer, tablet, smart TV or even your phone and watch the International Bowl between the under 19 players from Team USA football and Team Canada. Playing the weak side linebacker for Team Canada will be Amen Ogbongbemiga, and he should be fun to watch. He will wear jersey number 27 in the game. Keep an eye on him.


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